Let’s be clear at this point that there’s no appointment or firing that Donald Trump can execute that will normalize his presidency.
Any media gibberish, for example, that Trump’s appointment of retired four-star General John Kelly as White House chief of staff will bring some form of discipline or even structure to the world spectacle and tragedy of the U.S. presidency these days is tired, robotic analysis, the type of analysis that shows again how the mainstream media continues to fail us.
The American government and its people under the authoritarian Trump face a severe constitutional and leadership crisis, and the only answers to the dilemma is that our lying president either resigns or is legally removed from office. Fortunately, at least one major Republican leader has conceded his party failed us historically when it gave us Trump as president.
The Trump palace intrigue takes up too much space in the country’s major newspapers, cable television infotainment outlets and the Sunday morning “news” shows, The only real story is the narcissistic, unhinged Trump himself and his corrupt business dealings and his and his family’s ties to the Russian government. The tweets deflect us, true, but they say far more about Trump’s mental state than some temporary appointment.
When Trump goes ballistic, starts a war, crosses that final line, do you think it’s not going to be on Twitter?
Kelly, who was serving as Secretary of Homeland Security, we can only hope will serve in the role like a former general who served as White House chief of staff, Alexander Haig, who held the White House together when President Richard Nixon was forced to resign. We can hope for the resignation outcome, but that seems unlikely. Drawing on his public statements, Kelly seems like a Trump sycophant, another fool seeking power.
The vulgar 10-day blip of Anthony Scaramucci, “The Mooch,” as White House Communications Director won’t do one thing to stop the base from supporting “The Donald.” His vulgarity defines the base, even the religious right.There’s no sense in reaching out to the Trump base now unless they want to capitulate, and they won’t, ever.
The type of people progressives should perhaps reach out to now include U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona. In a recent book excerpt published in Politico, Flake had this to say about Trump:
. . . the strange specter of an American president’s seeming affection for strongmen and authoritarians created such a cognitive dissonance among my generation of conservatives—who had come of age under existential threat from the Soviet Union—that it was almost impossible to believe.
It was we conservatives who were largely silent when the most egregious and sustained attacks on Obama’s legitimacy were leveled by marginal figures who would later be embraced and legitimized by far too many of us.
Flake is obviously expressing what some—let’s hope many—prominent conservatives are thinking right now. The larger point he ultimately makes is that at least some conservatives feel just as discombobulated and frightened as liberals under a Trump presidency. Trump is unstable, a liar, a man obsessed with his ego and winning minor accolades on cable television. He uses tweets to deflect from the major criminal investigation he faces to generate a little more hollow applause.